Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Helen Mirren says actresses should audition for male roles

helen mirren.jpg

Dame Helen Mirren says she thinks actresses should go after roles written for men.

The Academy Award-winning actress says it makes her “cross” that so many roles are given to men, reports the BBC:

“You look at a scene and it’s going to be all men around a table and you think at least half of those could have been women.”

 “It’s hard to get a job as an actress,” she says, “let alone as a star but just a job – to be a working actress it’s so much more difficult than it is for men.”

The Woman in Gold star says that a huge part of the problem comes from so few extras being played by women:

“The only time that there is more women on the set as extras is a swimming pool scene and they’re all in bikinis – any swimming pool scene and suddenly it’s full of women.”

Mirren’s latest role in Eye in the Sky, sees her playing arm colonel Katherine Powell, in charge of a top secret drone operation from London.

mirren

The role was originally written for a man, but the producers – Colin Firth and Gavin Hood – changed it to a female part before offering it to Mirren.

“As opposed to saying ‘well that’s men, that’s what men do in war’…I think Gavin very astutely understood and realised putting a women [into the role] just changed the discussion,” says Mirren.

It’s not the first time an actress has made such comments.



Last year, Sandra Bullock revealed she asked her agent to find scripts with interesting male characters, which she then auditioned for herself. Last year, Bullock was cast in a role allegedly earmarked for George Clooney in Our Brand is Crisis.

Script writers have seen pressure from producers to change roles in the past- including Emily Bunt’s role in Sicario – in which she plays an FBI agent. It was revealed last year that producers had requested the role be changed to a man. Thankfully, he declined.

Images: Rex

Related

feminism.jpg

“End branded feminism: it's a bloodletting of the movement”

devil-wears-prada.jpg

Women are held back by competitive work environments, new study shows

pretty woman.jpg

It's official: women in film speak less the older they get

iStock_000074617193_Large.jpg

Is this the hormone-free contraceptive we've all been waiting for?

asia mcclain chapman danielle mize photography serial alibi witness.JPG

If you're a Serial fan, you'll want to be in on this alibi news

BP_1-5-COVER-REVEAL-twitter-TEXT.jpg

Beatrix Potter stories have been given a high-fashion makeover

944988_10153308381206582_6040747046997740342_n.jpg

This mother's response to an anti-ageing cream salesman is brilliant

bar.JPG

This couple were too busy kissing to notice an armed robbery

ANNA WINTOUR.jpg

The surprising reason Anna Wintour cried during fashion week

Comments

More

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Lady Gaga's supermarket sweep to backstage at the British Fashion Awards

by Nicola Colyer
07 Dec 2016

You need to listen to Cruz Beckham's debut Christmas single

#IfEveryDayWasChristmas

by Kayleigh Dray
07 Dec 2016

Amy Schumer pens powerful letter to fat-shaming trolls

“You will not determine my story – I will”

by Kayleigh Dray
07 Dec 2016

Paloma Faith pens emotional letter to NHS following birth of her baby

She made her feelings about the NHS very clear following her emergency C-section

by Kayleigh Dray
06 Dec 2016

Lady Gaga opens up about her struggle with PTSD

The singer says she is still dealing with the psychological impact of being raped.

by Moya Crockett
06 Dec 2016

Bernardo Bertolucci responds to Last Tango in Paris backlash

"This is a ridiculous misunderstanding"

by Kayleigh Dray
06 Dec 2016

Madonna twerks up a storm with James Corden in new Carpool Karaoke

Watch this material girl get up on the… dashboard?

by Kayleigh Dray
06 Dec 2016

How three women transformed their lives in wake of the Ebola crisis

A burial worker, a farmer and a mechanic on making it in a man's world

by Sarah Biddlecombe
05 Dec 2016

Jennifer Aniston reprises her role as Friends’ Rachel in epic video

It’s probably the closest we’re ever going to get to a Friends reunion

by Kayleigh Dray
05 Dec 2016

Amy Schumer to play Barbie in new live-action movie

But trolls have already slammed her as “too fat” for the role

by Kayleigh Dray
05 Dec 2016